Members of United Food and Commercial Workers will be going to work Sunday in anticipation of paying about $7 per week for individual health insurance under a new three-year contract ratified Saturday.
The contract, ratified by employees of Ralphs, Vons/Pavilions and Albertsons, will cover some 62,000 grocery store employee from Santa Maria south to the border.
Workers will pay about $15 per week for family health insurance, according to published reports, but details of the agreement were not made public.
``This deal protects our members' health care and pension, and provides modest increases in wages," said Rick Icaza, president of UFCW Local 770 in Los Angeles.
``This is a win for grocery workers, our communities, and our local
economy,'' he said.
The two sides made a tentative deal as the union was about to strike
The contract will also covers employees at Stater Bros. Markets and
Kroger's Food 4 Less, which are negotiating separate deals with the UFCW's locals.
-- City News Service